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Honolulu Museum of Art
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Owner description: One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. Other location: Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
Reviewed December 29, 2007

We visited the Academy before heading off to the Shangri La tour (Doris Duke's estate - tickets booked through the Academy). The Academy is worth a few hours of one's time. They have all sorts of collections, from European and Middle Eastern to Chinese and Japanese.
They also have a lovely collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian art. We
principally focused on those and on a wonderful exhibit about a local architect. The building itself is lovely, with beautiful courtyards in
which to relax. The Academy also has an excellent cafe', which is very
popular and to which you will likely need reservations (I suppose that
if we had made them before starting to look around, we would have gotten a seat). In any event, no reservations are not a problem because anything on the menu can be prepared for take out and eaten in
one of the courtyards of the museum. Try the Asian courtyard with its gurgling koi pond and very exotic feel. A wonderful escape. The Academy is easily reachable by bus.

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Reviewed June 6, 2007

This is a nice art museum, and a great way to break the pace of the often crowded & loud Honolulu sites. Has a range of Asian, European and Polynesian art. Also has a great Chinese garden, that is very peaceful. They have a wonderful cafe that is a great spot for lunch, but make reservations! We went on a Tuesday, and they were already booked because they are downtown & business folks eat there. We got a table because someone cancelled, but they also do takeout, which you can eat in the peaceful Chinese garden.

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Reviewed February 16, 2007

I went to this museum because it is the starting point for a trip to Shangri-la; the Doris Duke Estate. I highly recommend that tour, and included with that ticket is your admission here. We took the first tour of the day to Shangri-la, returned to the museum, had lunch and then toured around a bit. We had plans for later in the day, or we would have stayed longer in the museum.

The lunch was wonderful. We got the first reservation time, which I believe is 11:30, and the food and ambience were just perfect. The price was reasonable and the service was prompt. You are seated in a covered courtyard, facing a water fall type fountain, and it is so nice and calming. I had a Salmon Sandwich that was fabulous.

Afterwards, we viewed Asian Art, Hawaiian artifacts and some Impressionists. The museum is well laid out and deserved more of our time. The basement houses some children's exhibits which are rotated depending on what is upstairs. This was very hands-on and my 13 year old son liked it a lot. Younger kids would also like that section.

We went downstairs between the time we were done with the tour and before our lunch reservation. I liked how the exhibits down there were explained so that kids could understand what they were seeing.

The gift shop is excellent and has many items you will not find elsewhere. It was a budget buster for me!

I recommend pre-purchasing Shangri-la tickets and then calling for a lunch reservation before you arrive in Honolulu. Be sure to get the first tour of the day, or you will melt at Shangri-la which is not air conditioned.

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Reviewed February 11, 2007

This museum is a quiet respite in Honolulu. It houses an interesting collection of Asian art, along with a smaller collection of European and American works. I found the architecture of the building and courtyards just as noteworthy as the art. The Academy has delightful cafe and gift shop as well. Definitely a much needed change of pace form the frenetic pace of Waikiki.

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Reviewed September 24, 2004

Fantastic art museum. A must see. Great collection, facility & presentation. Surprise was the absolutely wonderful dining experience at museum cafe. Was like eating in a 4 star restaurant. If you go to this museum you must have lunch. Cafe only open 1130-230. Also wise to make a reservation as it fills fast. Is popular with downtown Honolulu business set. Prices are moderate. Service is excellent. We were there in mid-week. Crowd was 95% mostly older women. Great place to impress wife/girlfriend as most things on menu lead to feminine side of the gender scale. My wife said this was a great "chick place".

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